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Big Dance 2014

Big Dance 2014

Ausdance NSW partnered with Sydney Dance Company to present Big Dance in Australia in 2014.

Big Dance is the largest FREE special celebration of dance in the world and was held for the first time in Australia, on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Sunday the 13th of July. 2000 dancers of all ages and abilities participated. 

The biennial event, which began in UK in 2006, has quickly grown into an international dance sensation, with more than two million people around the world taking part since it began. Ausdance NSW was proud to partner with Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Opera House and Big Dance UK in presenting Big Dance for the first time in Australia. 

Big Dance was performed and filmed at Sydney Opera House, Bega and Port Macquarie, with live satellite links to London and Glasgow. Big Dance was founded by the Mayor of London in 2006. In the UK it is led by the Mayor of London and Foundation for Community Dance and produced in partnership with a network of Big Dance hubs across London and the regions and nations of the UK.

Big Dance 2014 is a partnership initiative led by the Greater London Authority, The Foundation for Community Dance, Sydney Dance Company, Get Scotland Dancing, Arts Council England and the British Council. Big Dance Australia is produced by Sydney Dance Company and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; The City of Sydney; Sydney Opera House; and Ausdance NSW.

Participants were invited to register online so they could access videos of the specially commissioned Big Dance choreography, created for Big Dance UK by Australia’s own Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. 



Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. Ausdance NSW in partnership with Sydney Dance Company.


Bega Showground Pavillion, Upper St Bega 

The Bega Big Dance Story Short Documentary 

Port Macquaire 

The Glasshouse forecourt, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets

Press Links 

Press Big Dance Bega See here Bega District News 

Press Big Dance Port Macquaire See here Port News 

See the video of all three cities

See Big Dance on SBS

See Big Dance on the ABC

See Sydney Dance Company's Photo Gallery of Big Dance 2014

Big Dance UK Links 

See the Mayor of London warming up for Big Dance with Darcey Bussell

Big Dance UK website 

Big Dance UK photo gallery

Big Dance UK You Tube Channel